April is National Soyfoods Month, making it the perfect time to experiment with versatile soy products like tofu, tempeh, edamame, soymilk, veggie burgers, soy oil, tamari and more.

Soybeans are a simple way to add protein and fiber to your diet. Soy protein is low in saturated fat and has no cholesterol. It’s also high in polyunstaurated fat and essential omega-3 fatty acids, and is a great source of B-vitamins, folic acid, potassium, calcium, and zinc. Plus, soybeans have a low glycemic index, meaning they are a good choice to support healthy blood sugar levels.

Celebrate National Soyfoods Month by adding a soy recipe this month, like this one for edamame dip:

Ingredients:

  • 1½ c. edamame, cooked
  • 1 T. soybean oil
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. ground cumin
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 T. water
  • 3 T. fresh lemon juice

Directions:

    1. Prepare edamame, according to package instructions but omit the salt.
    2. Place oil, salt, cumin and garlic in a food processor; pulse 2 to 3 times or until coarsely chopped.
    3. Add edamame, water, and lemon juice; process 1 minute or until smooth.
    4. Spoon dip into serving bowl.
    5. Serve with pita chips or your favorite vegetables.